Every momma’s boy

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Little toddler wants to be a man
by holding onto momma’s skirt.
He takes a few steps for applause
and learns to perform for praise.

Little master can tie his shoes.
Shows how fast he can hop
by running to the garage to greet daddy.
No matter how tired, momma gives them powerful hugs.

She commands with a look.
Comforts with a sigh.
This is known by every momma’s boy.

Older teen, not yet refined,
strikes out with opinions and fashion.
He calls the obnoxious new ‘music’
then searches for parallels of love inside the lyrics.

Young man tries to make the grade.
Graduate. Calibrate. Instigate. Delegate.
Not all relationships should be a struggle.
So, when a girl catches his eye, he remembers:

She commands with a look.
Comforts with a sigh.
This is known by every momma’s boy.

Up-and-coming twenty-something turning thirty all too soon.
Mistakes lust for love.
Looks at his watch and understands;
it is time to put away childish ways.

Leadership transforms his way forward.
A mentor comes, teaches, then dies.
Every day is the day to check that box:
‘Did I love her today?’

She commands with a look.
Comforts with a sigh.
This is known by every momma’s boy.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard  All rights reserved.

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